A Hemet, California man was convicted last month on two felony counts of
forcible rape after his trial in Orange County District Court.
Kevin Lawrence Saint John, 45, had his case go to an Orange County jury
on August 20. The jurors came back with a unanimous verdict of guilty
on both counts. According to the Orange County district attorney's
office, Saint John's charges also carried additional sentence enhancement
Prior to his trial, prosecutors alleged that Saint John raped two 21-year-old
women over the course of a month. In both cases, Saint John forced the
young women to go to a secluded area where he sexually assaulted them.
These two rape cases, which were the basis of a serious investigation went
unsolved for years. However, during the year 2012, Saint John's DNA
profile was entered into a state database after he was convicted on felony
charges of receiving stolen property.
Saint John was released after serving a brief prison sentence for the receipt
of stolen property conviction. However, he was rearrested after his DNA
profile was linked to the two unsolved 2004 rapes. Saint John faces sentencing
for his crimes on September 17.
California Rape Law
According to the California Penal Code, rape is an unlawful act, which
is defined as follows:
[Sexual intercourse] accomplished against a person's will by means
of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful
bodily injury on the person or another. (California Penal Code, Section 261)
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